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Aurora German Sea Raider Atlantis 'The Rattlesnake of the Ocean', 1/456, 710-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$765   

First issue. The hardbox is dated 1959 and has 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the logo, with 'Aurora' over the 'Northern Lights.' Dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. This is the only model ever made of the famous (or infamous) German WWII converted merchant raider which was the subject of several books and a major movie called 'Under Ten Flags'. The long WWII voyage was legendary, and the ship is well represented in this full hull model. Covers can be removed to reveal hidden guns, torpedo tubes and the Ar-196 float plane. The box has four solid corners, no repairs and 'very good' gloss and color - there is wear as shown, especially at the corners. The model has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Shipping insurance is required. From modeler Stephen Payne: Recommend that the builder or collector of this kit add the following books to their collection-The German Raider Atlantis by Captain Bernhard Rogge & Wolfgang Frank & Sea Raider Atlantis, Story of a German Surface Raider by Ulrich Mohr & A.V. Sellwood. The first book is by the ATLANTIS commander, Kapitan zur See Bernhard Rogge. He oversaw the transformation and outfitting in Bremen and captained the ship during her 602 day operational voyager which sank or captured 22 ships totaling 144,384 t (142,104 long tons). Rogge also was one of the few German officers of flag rank who was not arrested by the Allies after the war due to the way he had exercised his command of Atlantis. Captain J. Armstrong White, captain of the British CITY OF BAGHDAD, which Atlantis sank in July 1941, stated, "His treatment of prisoners left respect, instead of hatred."The second book is by the ATLANTIS First Officer, Ulrich Moher. Both books read much the same as the events related are the same, but it is interesting to see these events from the two perspectives. Captain White (see above) wrote the foreword to Atlantis, the Story of a German Surface Raider, written by U. Mohr & A. V. Sellwood.The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis (HSK 2), known to the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 16 (SHIP 16) and to the Royal Navy as Raider-C, was a converted merchant vessel to German Hilfskreuzer (auxiliary cruiser) used for commerce raiding. Commerce raiders did not seek to engage warships, but rather attack enemy merchant shipping; the measures of success are tonnage destroyed (or captured) and time spent "at large" holding up enemy resources. Atlantis had the longest raiding career of any German commerce raider in either world war.

Constructo Galeon San Mateo (Spanish Galleon) - Highly Prefabricated Wooden Ship Kit

Multimedia Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$155   

19 inches LOA (length overall) and 17 inches high when assembled. Constructo kits are the finest of all the older prefabricated wooden ship kits. Features a completely shaped and sanded hull with predrilled mast and stand pedestal holes, finished wood display stand, turned and painted stand pedestals, four large sheets of heavy cardboard displaying over 100 wooden parts that are completely cut, finished, numbered and held on with string, another sheet with completely sewn and finished cloth sails, flags and much more, a box with well over 100 injection molded fittings, another box holding all needed paint colors, instruction sheet in English and a full size plan sheet with many views, complete part identifications by number and excellent rigging diagrams. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes full size plans and instructions. Constructo kits were made in Spain and early issues in the USA were marketed by Constructo Nautical Miniatures, Inc, New York 1. There were many series of kits, all issued by size; some smaller and some larger than this kit.

Berkeley Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Controliner - 21.5 Inch Wingspan, 1-10-295

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$59   

Large profile-scale flying model designed to fly a full stunt pattern on 65 miles per hour with a .09 engine. This is a highly prefabricated kit designed for strong, easy construction. Features pre-shaped hollow balsa wings with airfoil, die cut balsa and plywood, all necessary metal hardware, fully finished wheels, full size plans with complete building instructions and full color decals. The kit has never been started. The small parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed (larger wood parts and sheets of wood) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Please note that the decals have bug damage to the backing paper but the actual transfers are undamaged. The plans have light, even bug damage as well which will not affect building the kit. Berkeley is a very famous manufacture of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Tauro Model Italian RN Pola Heavy Cruiser - With Photoetched Railings, 1/400, 202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$46   

Highly detailed kit with 217 parts and a fret of Eduard photoetched railings. Beautifully molded. Can be built waterline or full hull. Features rotating main turrets with elevating guns, rotating secondary turrets, float plane, detailed paint guide, decals and instructions for the ship and the PE railing set. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Pola was very fast at over 35 knots and well armed with 8 x 8" guns. She has the misfortune to be at Matapan with her sisters Zara and Fiume. After the Pola was disabled by an air strike, her two sisters were sent to assist but were sunk at very close range by the Warspite, Barham and Valiant. The Pola was spared but located and sunk later by the destroyer Jervis.

Aoshima IJN Nenohi Destroyer, 1/700, WLD061-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$16   

1/700 scale waterline kit. Very highly detailed and finely molded. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aoshima IJN Soryu Aircraft Carrier, 1/700, WLA066-850

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$32   

Still factory sealed. 1/700 scale waterline kit. Very highly detailed and finely molded.

Tamiya IJN I-16 and I-58 Submarines, 1/700, 7772

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$15   

1/700 scale waterline kit. Includes both submarines, seaplane for the I-58 and a mini-sub. Very highly detailed and finely molded. The kit has never been started. The parts are either inventoried complete or still in the internal factory sealed bags with instructions.

Nichimo IJN Kirishima Battleship Motorized, 1/742, 21

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

Very nicely detailed smaller scale kit for either static display or operation in water. Includes electric motor, all required hardware and adjustable rudder. Features one piece lower hull (molded in red), one piece upper hull (molded in gray) that fits the lower hull flawlessly, detailed deck and superstructure, rotating main turrets and separately molded secondary battery and AA guns. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes motor and instructions.

Rareplane Dewoitine D-510 - Bagged, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$8   

Basic vacuform kit. The kit has not been started and includes all parts. Significant modeling skill is required to build vacuform kit. Not recommended for beginners.

Academy F-15C Eagle - USAF 'Anchorage', 1/72, 12476

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$18   

Very nicely detailed kit with all fine recessed panel lines, good cockpit and gear well detail, very realistic intakes, very well detailed exhaust with separately molded 'turkey feathers' optional position speed brake, pilot's boarding ladder and canopy, AIM-7 Sparrow + AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and more. Includes a decal sheet for the box art aircraft and stenciles. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram F-4J Phantom II MIG ACE - with Cunningham and Driscoll Markings, 1/48, 85-5813

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

This kit contains markings for the first and only US Navy Aces in the Vietnam war, Randy Cunningham and Willie Driscoll. They also shot down three Mig-17s in one mission, including a top scoring enemy ace. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya USS Yorktown CV5, 1/700, 31712-2400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$32   

1/700 scale waterline kit. Very highly detailed and finely molded. The model as never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed bag with decals and instructions.

Revell F-94C Starfire Interceptor, 1/56, H210

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$59   

1962 issue 'British Made Plastic Kit by Revell Great Britain LTD. London.' Features the original Pre S artwork. The kit inside is identical to the Pre-S USA issue except for the Great Britain marked instructions. Molded in gloss silver and clear, with the desirable clear 'Globe' stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The box shows better than the 'Fair+' grade but is graded low because of litho loss on one long side and a original store sticker on the other long side.

Revell Lockheed F-94 Starfire 1st Issue - Pre 'S' One Piece Box, 1/56, H201-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$145   

One of the first three Revell aircraft molds issued in 1953. This kit is correct with no rivets and no landing gear. Instructions are printed on the back of the box. Molded in the correct high gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing stand arm. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts and decals. The box has wear and creasing as shown. It is missing three of the four small inside flaps. Both large and visible end flaps are complete. Please note that this kit is different from the 'Pre-S' issue in the following ways: no rivet detail, almost no panel lines, different part numbers, pilots are a part of the fuselage (busts only), one piece wings and absence of the pods at the half-wingspan line, no landing gear and no holes for such, very early 'Colortone' logo decals and a silver, two piece plastic stand of a unique design that was not used again.

Trumpeter CV-9 USS Essex with White Ensign PE for Ship / Airwing / Catwalk - (World War II Configuration), 1/350, 05602

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$179   

Includes White Ensign PE3536 1/350 USS Essex The Ship (factory sealed envelope), PE3554 Essex Perforated Catwalks (sealed inside) and PE3553 Essex The Airwing (sealed inside). All are in factory new condition and never used. The actual Essex kit is still factory sealed. Very highly detailed full hull kit with 610 parts. Can be built full hull or waterline. Includes hanger deck, three types of aircraft with folding wings, decals for the Marcus Islands raid on August 31, 1943 and much more.

Airfix Junkers Ju-88 A4, 1/72, 03007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$22   

Nice kit from older molds. Features crew of four and some interior/crew station detail, movable ailerons, elevators and rudder, optional position dive brakes and landing gear, external bomb load and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Academy General Motors F4F-4 Wildcat - (F4F4), 1/72, 1650

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$14   

Still factory sealed. From 1987. This model builds a 1943/44 General Motors produced F4F-4. Well nicely molded and detailed kit. Features all fine recessed panel lines, correct lower clear windows, nice engine and landing gear detail and optional position gear.

Heller North American X-15, 1/130, 80202

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$32   

Near 1/144 scale kit. Very nicely molded and includes optional position landing gear/skids, engine, display stand and an excellent decal sheet for Edwards AFB, 1960. NOTE: There is no assembly. However, the interior parts have been very neatly airbrushed zinc green. There is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Apex Vostok Yuri Gagarin Space Rocket, 1/144, ML1001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$55   

On the 12th of April in 1961 a three stage Vostok put the first man into orbit. This model represents the configuration that made the historic flight. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Minicraft Howard Hughes 'Spruce Goose' HK-1 Hercules - ex-Gakken / ex-Entex, 1/200, 11607

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$22   

From quality Gakken molds. Hughes designed-and-built largest airplane in the world, at that time. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.